Works Progress Administration Posters Spread the Word During the Depression
WPA posters were used to spread the word in the 1930s about President FDR's Works Progress Administration, which was part of his New Deal program. Today we can enjoy these art posters for the beauty and messages they provide.
This photograph is of a fountain and waterfall at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The concrete block stamped "USA, WPA" shown here was incorporated into the waterfall wall at the park.
These blocks were salvaged from the original Phoenix Indian School sidewalk and used along with stones from the school to make the waterfall wall.
The WPA originally built the Phoenix Indian School and sidewalk as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's WPA jobs program. The WPA was started in 1935 when the United States was experiencing the Great Depression.
In 1939, the WPA was renamed the Works Project Administration. This group became part of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in 1943.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Read About President Roosevelt's WPA - Works Projects Administration Books
Read more about Roosevelt's New Deal programs like the WPA and the CCC. These social programs helped people who were out of work gain employment and self respect.
WPA National Park Posters - Art Deco Posters
The WPA encouraged Americans to visit their national parks by displaying these beautiful Art Deco art posters that were created by out of work artists of the era.
The Art Deco designs are simply gorgeous and give a timeless quality to our national park system.
National Park Posters by the WPA
Workers built roads & buildings on National Park land as part of the WPA.
I've visited a few of the national parks that benefited from the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s.
Read More About the WPA and CCC - Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps
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- Posters from the WPA: Federal Art Project Calendar Index
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The Federal Writers Project - WPA Program for Writers During the Depression
The Federal Writers Project employed out-of-work writers to write city and state guides during the Depression. Famous writers like Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Zora Neale Hurston, and John Steinbeck wrote the guides.
They were not yet famous writers but like other Americans needed jobs so wrote for this program during the 1930s.
Postcard from the 1930s - WPA and Other Historic Postcards
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